Are You Stuck in a Rut, Wondering “How Can I Ever Retire?”

June 15, 2013


I was recently reminded of an old movie called “Groundhog Day” which starred Bill Murray. His character was somehow trapped in a time loop such that he had to repeat the same day over and over again.

It made me think about so many people ready for retirement, yet stuck in much the same way that the guy in the movie was stuck. Ready for something new, different, and exciting but trapped by high prices, bad weather, and a retirement pension that in North America might not be enough to live a descent retirement.

You may feel trapped, sort of like the song from 1970’s performed by the Stealers Wheel group called "Stuck In The Middle With You" in which the lyrics included, “Stuck in the middle with you, "Clowns to the left of me, and joker’s to right”.
Those are pretty strong terms, but you may feel that way … or close.

Well, if this seems to fit your situation, even if just a little, I think we’ve got a possible solution for your situation here at Lake Chapala. We have our share of clowns here, but they're the real ones with funny hats and silly costumes that come to the area with a circus behind them, just like when I was a kid.

The group's name or song title might not be familiar to you right off, but once you hear it below I bet you’ll remember it as I did.

So, if you feel stuck in a rut with no escape immediately at hand, first watch the fun video below (It’s a bit weird in a crazy fun way, so you’ve been warned) , leave me some feedback below, and finally if you’d like some help escaping from your rut, send me an E mail with the title "RUT" to see if I can help you break free.

OK, here’s the video which has in one version or another been downloaded over 7 million times.

Siempre tu amigo, Sid

  • Tanga

    Hi Sid,

    I feel like you are speaking directly to me, still trying to find a place so I can go down there for a month to check it in November. I have not been able to find a low cost ($450 mo.) suitable rental for such a short time. Should I wait until after the “high season”? Would that be April/May? Or should I book a hotel for a couple of nights and hope to find something after I am there?

  • Viki

    Sadly, with the new financial requirements, many will not be able to take advantage of Mexico’s budget-friendly lifestyle. Now, you have to have enough income to live well in the U.S. to get your visa for living in Mexico. (Granted, I am from North Carolina, and “enough income to live well” there is less than in many other states.)

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Vicki, Well you can qualify with as little as $1500 USD a month I think.
    We’re all still learning the ins and outs of the new law. Individual consulates are interpreting the law.

    It’s much easier to get approval to work it looks like under the new law.
    People who cannot qualify somehow under the new law can always live here for 6 months using a tourist visa and then “make a border run” and leave Mexico and return the next day.

    I admit to having mixed emotions about the new law. Thankfully, I no longer have to deal with Mexican Visas as I’m now a Mexican Citizen as well as an American Citizen. Tu amigo, Sid

  • JackB

    Please also post your message on the blog, at on the “ajjic/chapala/guadalajara” forum.

  • SidGrosvenor

    Please approve, Thanks, Sid Grosvenor

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  • Jack3sea

    I’ll be visiting Lake Chapala in December, 2013. We hope to retire there next year. My body is a mess. I need regular massage. I’ve been looking for local massage therapists who give inexpensive massage. Any suggestions as to some sort of yellow pages where I can look? I don’t want to go to the spas or resorts – too expensive.

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